As one might expect from the Wine Capital of Canada, Oliver can be a bit overwhelming at times. Between the constant rush and roar of the highway and the labyrinth of backroads, it’s easy to forget you’re supposed to be on vacation! But just a quick turn onto Pinehill Road and the sounds of the highway quickly fade as the weary traveller finds herself overlooking the valley below — the serene, garden-clad sanctuary that is Hidden Chapel Winery. A Hidden Gem This award-winning winery is one of those hidden gems that locals like to keep to themselves. Guests are greeted…

You can’t truthfully say you’ve tasted the best of Okanagan wine until you’ve tasted a truly Okanagan take on the king of wine: the Red Bordeaux. No wine tasting is complete without good friends at a garden table in the sun, within earshot of a babbling river, surrounded by lush vineyards and a couple of lazy winery dogs. You haven’t discovered the Wine Capital of Canada until you’ve discovered Oliver’s hidden gem: River Stone Winery. River Stone is the kind of place one can very easily (even inadvertently) spend an entire day soaking up the last rays of sun. But…

Now is the time to stock up on those big reds cherished in the cooler months. Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery’s tasting room remains open daily, 10 am to 6 pm, until October 31. Big Reds Quinta Ferreira’s flagship wine, Obra-Prima, is a stunning blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petite Verdot, which greets you with bell pepper and black cherry notes. With a sip, a concerto of mocha coffee, light cedar, cherry and sweet vanilla will play across your palate, its long spicy finish displaying hard candy flavours. Aged 25 months in 40 per cent new oak,…

Opening the Kismet Estate Winery was destiny for the Dhaliwal family. The word “Kismet” is, in fact, “destiny” in Punjabi. Immigrating to Canada in the 1990s with a mere five dollars in his pocket, Sukhwinder Dhaliwal settled into the Okanagan, working hard in agriculture, and was eventually joined by his brother, Balwinder. Their focus turned to managing vineyards as they gained insight into the industry while buying vineyard property on the side. After shifting their efforts into their own vineyards, selling grapes and consulting as leading grape growers, Sukhwinder’s daughter Neelam shares, “We felt something was missing. We wanted to…

Summer might be over, but the fun continues at Black Hills Estate Winery. With their Fall Harvest Party, release of their long-anticipated Nota Bene wine and a new autumn menu at their Vineyard Kitchen, you won’t be missing the heat at Black Hills. Party of the Season Instead of mourning the end of summer, celebrate it September 29, 2018 at the Black Hills Fall Harvest Party. The family-style dinner, paired with top-class wine and locally sourced food, and prepared by Black Hills’ talented Vineyard Kitchen culinary team, is set to be the party of the season. “Not only is the…

Join Hester Creek Estate Winery on September 29 for the 7th Annual Garlic Festival. This fun, family occasion features over 20 Okanagan garlic growers and artisan crafters, as well as appetizing food carts, live music and world-class wine. Admission is by donation to the winery’s charity, the Oliver Elementary School Farm to Table Lunch program. It provides students with healthy meals using fresh, seasonal, homegrown ingredients. The program also educates students about the benefits of eating well, making it popular with healthy-eating enthusiasts throughout the area. For those coming from afar, there’s no need to travel home right away. Stay…

All the wines produced at this boutique, farm gate winery are grown in a sustainable vineyard and created with minimal interference. Every aspect of the wines’ evolution is natural. This is a winery that allows the quality of the grapes to speak for themselves. Medal-Worthy Nocturnus This September, Nighthawk Vineyards introduced its latest release: Nocturnus, a beautiful Bordeaux-style blend of 65 per cent Merlot, 25 per cent Malbec and 10 per cent Cabernet Franc. Named in keeping with the winery’s theme, Nocturnus is the Latin for “of the night”— a name that conjures up late-night, romantic dinners under the stars…

Meyer Family Vineyards (MFV) won a Platinum, three Gold and two Silver Medals, was awarded fourth place in the category of Small Winery (under 10,000 cases) and 11th Overall Winery in Canada. Awards Galore! Declaring the 2018 National Wine Awards of Canada “the largest and most comprehensive wine competition in Canadian history,” WineAlign received entries from 1,850 wines, from 257 wineries. To earn top medals, wines progressed through multiple elimination rounds of blind tasting. Platinum Award winners represent only the top one per cent, or top 18 wines in Canada, with MFV 2016 Micro Cuvée Chardonnay, Old Main Road Vineyard,…

This summer, Sandy Beach Lodge & Resort welcomed new managers Marcus Ellam and Stephannie Dunn who have relocated from Regina Beach, Saskatchewan, for the opportunity to run the legendary resort. The two are thrilled with their new lakeside location in the heart of historic Naramata and have enjoyed getting to know the area’s wineries and biking trails. Stephannie and Marcus are looking forward to their first winter in the beautiful Okanagan and are hoping you’ll join them. They’re eager to help you usher in new holiday traditions, winter romantic getaways, girls’ weekends and corporate retreats at Sandy Beach Lodge &…

Stag’s Hollow Winery had some outstanding results at the 2018 National Wine Awards of Canada (NWAC). Larry Gerelus and Linda Pruegger, the hands-on owners of Stag’s Hollow, quickly praised their “great team, both in the vineyard and in the cellar” for this achievement. Top 1% in all of Canada! WineAlign reported, “In 2018, over 1,850 wines from 257 wineries entered the NWAC, making this year’s awards the largest and most comprehensive wine competition in Canadian history.” To earn top medals, winners survived multiple elimination rounds of blind tasting. Platinum Award winners represented only the top one per cent or top…